Monday, April 16, 2012

Anything brûlée - Episode 179 - The Knitmore Girls

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On the Needles:(0:33)

This week Gigi is working on the Kleio shawl by Rosemary Hill.  We mention taking knitting classes from Ann and Eugene Bourgois, of Philosopher's Wool,  and learning two handed knitting and doing knitted braids.

Gigi got pointers from Abby (from the Knit Knit Cafe Podcast).  Jasmin finished the Mini Garter Yoke Cardigan for Genevieve, which she had knit from her handspun. Gigi is working on a number of socks and has finished her first pair of Sweet Tomato Heel socks.  Jasmin is working on her second Houdini Sock.   She is also working on the Garter Wrap Cardigan for Genevieve and is almost done.

Gigi has blocked the Taygete, the Katriel, and her second Daybreak.  Gigi is planning to knit a Niebling pattern, the Goldmohn table cloth. Tour de Fleece: Training will start May 15th. Join Team Sasquatch!

Events: (21:31)

May 18-20: CNCH in Oakland, CA, at the convention center
June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA
June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA
June 22-24: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. Maybe.

Contest: (22:52)

Spring Cleaning Contest, ends July 2nd. Read the thread on the board and get ideas and contribute your own!

Mother Knows Best:(26:25)

Anything worth doing is worth doing well. Especially when one is finishing hand knits.

When Knitting Attacks:(31:12)

Gigi's Odelia sweater out of 50/50 silk and merino from Tess Yarns attacked her again.

Purloined: (33:16)

This week we purloin the "Something I Really Like"  segment from the CogKNITive podcast hosted by Dr Gemma.

We talked about the brûlée technique, Creme brûlée french toast (found on Pinterest through SomebunnysLove). We also liked the Cafe Brûlée at Barefoot Coffee. Jasmin brûlée-d Peeps with a small blowtorch. We mentioned donuts from Psycho Donuts in Campbell, CA, and Voodoo Donuts in Portland, OR

Review: (38:37)

This week we review: Knitbot Essentials by Hannah Fettig. We love it!

Straw into Gold: (46:13)

Gigi's spinning for the Eadon is progressing slowly, but she is enjoying the Merino/Corriedale. She bought some Ashland Bay roving (in "Mojave"), and some Crown Mountain superwash merino roving in the colorway "Homburg" from Purlescence.  She is thinking of spinning it on her Golding spindle.

Jasmin is plying an oatmeal CVM.  She finished plying Crown Mountain cormo that has a beautiful luster.  She has started the wheel spinning for her SPAKAL sweater.  The fiber is a rambouillet cross from Maryland Sheep and Wool Festival.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bumper crop - Episode 178- The Knitmore Girls

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We’re excited to be introducing to you, our discerning  listeners, the newest Bar-Maids collection, the Almost Everything.  This uber-moisturizing whole body kit includes a luxurious Lo-Lo Body Bar, a deliciously tingly O’For Feet Sake foot moisturizer, a handy Cuticle Intensive stick, and a silky smooth Lo- Lo Lips Lip Balm.  It’s the perfect way to ensure that your whole body is soft, sensual, and ready for spring.  It’s almost everything Bar-Maids has to offer at a great price.  This is a great gift for the mom who never stops, your fellow friends in fiber that make your hobby a lifestyle, or for anyone in your life who deserves a little pampering. I think my mom definitely deserves some Lo-Lo love this Mothers Day – doesn’t yours?
purllogolarge
Purlescence Yarns is the Bay Area's destination yarn shop. From the best in spinning and weaving equipment to luxurious yarns and fibers, we have what you need to make your fibery dreams a reality. We're always happy to provide mail order service for Knitmore Girls listeners. Call us today, it'll be on its way!

On the needles: (:34)

Gigi is making progress on her Odelia sweater. Jasmin has made some excellent progress on the Houdini socks for Andrew. We mention Laura, the Joy of Cooking Fairy. Gigi is knitting a bumper crop of sweet tomato heeled socks. Gigi is also knitting a pair of Houdini socks.

Jasmin is also working on wedges, hers are in the shape of the Roxbury Pond Shawl by Christine Burchard, out of Handmaiden Casbah.  Gigi is working on the Kleio by Rosemary Hill.

Jasmin is excited about sewing, we talk about the clothing in "Mad Men", and we would love to sew clothes from that era. Also, Gigi has blocked two Ophidian shawls by Sivia Harding, and a Heart to Heart Scarf (also by Sivia Harding).

Events: (17:05)

May 18-20: CNCH in Oakland, CA, at the convention center
June 2nd: Spinning at the Retzlaff Winery, in Livermore, CA
June 9: World Wide Knit In Public Day, we will be in front of the Ainsley House in Campbell, CA
June 22-24: Black Sheep Gathering in Eugene, OR. Maybe.  Registration for classes has started.

Contest: (19:32)

Spring Cleaning Contest!

Clean, organize, streamline something.  Jasmin has sold two fleeces that she has spun sweaters from already. Gigi has repurposed an old filing cabinet and used it for very organized sewing pattern storage. Share your ideas and projects in this thread!

Mother Knows Best:(24:37)

Work with the best you can afford.  When you can't afford to spend money, make due with what you have, and MacGuyver something until you can afford the tool you want to have.

Sew Painful:(28:07)

Gigi was attacked by her mending.

Purloined:(31:54)

We are purloining the "Munch, Burp, Slurp" segment from A Playful Day podcast by greentrianglegirl.  Jasmin talks about making Chewy Oatmeal cookies with browned butter. Recipe from The Smitten Kitchen blog. Also, follow Somebunnyslove's food board on Pinterest, she has some very interesting food pinned.

Review:(36:36)

This week, we are reviewing Noni Flowers by Nora Bellows. We also mentioned Nicky Epstein's Knitted Flowers.

Straw into Gold:(43:08)

Gigi isn't spinning as fast as she thought she would.  Jasmin is plying like it's going out of style; Jasmin has been plying the Crown Mountain Farms Material Girl singles and the oatmeal-colored CVM for a Hannah Fettig sweater.

Jasmin has been making some progress on her Spindle SPAKAL Targhee X. She has chosen a black Rambouillet X (from Iris Eppley) which she split with Meghan (formerly of the Stitch It! Podcast) for her wheelspun SPAKAL sweater.